A place to write and film and create. To find and renew creativity while surrounded by spiral-vined gardens, creaky wraparound porches and towering magnolias. To walk among the whispers of friendly ghosts and pastoral splendor. Quiet nights and productive, inspiring days, imaginative minds awakening, sweet music originating, the savory aroma of a country meal, the satisfaction of a finished page or canvas. The Bowers House Creative Retreat offers customized workspace for artists and academic residency programs in literature, music and some fine art disciplines. We are currently accepting applications for minimum one week group or single residencies, where baths and kitchens are shared and clean up is essential. Resident members agree to provide for film and audio programming a recap or focus of their creative work via readings, concerts, public performances interviews workshop directorships or lessons for BOWERS HOUR, the fundraising programming program that keeps the facility on a perpetual operation. Visiting guests may be present, and room and facility rentals keep the lights on in the 100 year old hotel, and cooperation and quiet consideration of work day time is observed by all who stay here. We welcome collaborative production and cosponsorship when possible with the mission of one day being able to provide this opportunity to those who might night be otherwise able to afford this residency experience. Write your best letter to Program Director Dorjan Williams and Family Custodian of The Bowers House, Charlie Read, including a link or pdf presentation of your work discipline and bio/resume. Organization directors and retreat and residency housing and grant managers may also apply in this format of call 954-888-8948 Charlie Read for retreat residency and work proposals. In either case it is essential that you provide a proposal for your contribution of your work focus for audio/video recording and artistic license for usage for the fundraising arm of the facility, BOWERS HOUR. Be creative and original and thank you for your interest in The Bowers House.
Residency Experience Summary
We have begun to accommodate music, film, theater and group arts residencies to augment our founding as a writers retreat 12 years ago. We provide bed and breakfast type housing to help finance residencies and keep housing costs as low as possible. We consider each artist individually and each proposal fully, and give priority to minority, multicultural, LGBTQ, and underserved resident applicants that show promise at any stage in their career. Group residency and retreat proposals provide a greater resident discount per person up to ten with shared rooms or six single rooms with 4 shared baths, 2 kitchens. We sometimes cosponsor an event and preference is also given to unique or valuable programming proposals during the residency.
$400 per week, additional week $300 per person, this residency requires an automobile but we will consider accommodating transportation in some instances or food allowances based on needs and proposals for group or individual residencies and possible fee deductions.
We also accept proposals for 3 day residencies and group retreats at approximately $75 per participant per night with some advance booking.
We offer groups entire facilities rental with onsite staff and meal preparation and transportation in some instances. The Bowers House hopes one day to provide residencies at no cost to qualified underserved community members, minorities, and multicultural groups that can bring variety and substance to our BOWERS HOUR production.